A 19-year-old boy was shot dead in Bihar’s Gaya on Saturday night allegedly by the son of a Janata Dal United leader who was irked with the teenager for overtaking his SUV. Rocky Yadav, the son of Legislative Council member Manorama Devi, is on the run.
Aditya Sachdeva, a businessman’s son who had recently given his Class 12 exams, was in his Swift car with his friends when he overtook the Range Rover belonging to the family of Manorama Devi. Rocky was travelling in the SUV with a security guard who has said that the bullet that hit Aditya was fired from the personal revolver of the politician’s son.
Aditya’s friend, who was with him in the car, has told the police that soon after they overtook the SUV, Rocky and the guard started firing in the air to stop them. “When we stopped, they forced us to get out of the car and then punched us. When we tried to leave the spot, someone fired from behind the car and a bullet hit my friend,” he said and added that other than the guard, a person sitting in the front seat of the car also had a gun in his hand.
While Rocky is still on the run, the police have arrested Ms Devi’s husband Bindeshwari Prasad Yadav alias Bindi Yadav for helping him escape and also the guard. Mr Yadav was jailed in a sedition case in the past. In a separate incident in 2011, 6000 rounds of ammunition of a banned weapon were recovered from him in 2011.
The guard has also told the police that Rocky wanted to teach Aditya and his friends a lesson. “The bullet would have got fired accidentally while the two fought,” he said. Mr Yadav has alleged that his son was beaten up by Aditya and his friend who were drunk. However, he admitted that Rocky carried a licensed revolver with him. “It must have happened in the fight while he was trying to defend himself,” he said.
Relatives of the teenager held a protest in the area today demanding quick action. BJP’s Leader of Opposition Prem Kumar met them this morning and later accused the state government of “failing to curb crime in Bihar”. “Jungle raj is back,” he said.
Police said they are conducting raids on a massive scale to arrest the accused. “As per our investigation and eyewitnesses, Rocky had fired the shots. We will arrest him soon,” said Garima Mallick, Senior Superintendent of Police, Gaya.